Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April
Frank Williams | 04 June, 2018, 23:04

The launch of SES-10 in March 2017 was a big milestone for SpaceX, which has been working toward reusable rockets for 15 years before successfully launching a recovered first-stage rocket.

The rocket will carry the SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES.

The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday.

SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. The booster then came back to Earth for a pinpoint landing shortly after that liftoff, but won't do this for the SES-12 mission.

The rocket lifted off at 12:45 a.m. and is the second flight for the launcher's first stage, Space.com reports.

Kim Jong Un 'fires North Korea's top three military generals'
He stressed that the Singapore meeting is part of a "process" that will go on for some time: "I told them today, 'Take your time". South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo on Saturday said he was cautiously optimistic.

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX.

About 32 minutes later, the Falcon 9's upper stage deployed the Airbus-built SES 12 telecom payload into a "supersynchronous" transfer orbit stretching more than 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) above Earth.

SpaceX has also tried several times to snatch Falcon 9 nose cones out of the sky with a net-equipped boat called Mr. Steven, so that these $6 million pieces of equipment can be reused.

SpaceX has since upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket, so it did not attempt a recovery effort of the booster this time.

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